12.07.16

UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE

blood orange cake | designlovefest

one of our all time favorite restaurants in town is Sqirl. everyone on our team loves it and my husband and i frequently stop in for breakfast (go before 8am to beat the rush!). the owner and chef jessica koslow just released a cookbook “” and it’s excellent. there are so many simple dishes and everything has a little back story of how it came to be part of the restaurant. it’s a fun read and i recommend purchasing it for your cookbook collection. -joanie

blood orange cake | designlovefest

we made her recipe for upside-down cake at the office last week and it was a hit. i will say that we made it using blood oranges and i think it might be better paired with pear or plum. the oranges were a bit too tangy for my taste. but, the cake turned out wonderfully, soft and moist and beautiful!

blood orange cake | designlovefest
blood orange cake | designlovefest
blood orange cake | designlovefest
blood orange cake | designlovefest
blood orange cake | designlovefest

if you’re interested in making it the entire recipe is listed, . i feel like it’s a great holiday addition to your dessert table. let us know what you think!

blood orange cake | designlovefest
blood orange cake | designlovefest
blood orange cake | designlovefest
blood orange cake | designlovefest
blood orange cake | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
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12.05.16

MY FIRST HOME

my first home | designlovefest

i’ve owned my home now for just over a year and it has been a serious learning curve filled with many highs and some lows. buying my first home entirely by myself and as a single woman was something i felt really proud about, but it was also a lot more challenging then i expected. i was suddenly the one responsible for all of the maintenance, landscaping and repairs and that can be a huge paaaain. today i partnered with to share honest stories about both the highlights and challenges of owning my home because there are always two sides to every coin! 

my first home | designlovefest
my first home | designlovefest

a real highlight is being able to decorate everything just the way i like it from the paint colors (like my pink front door that you can see in the top photo!), to the light fixtures and making it feel truly like my own safe space. i still have a lot of things on my list to do, but i am taking it slow and not rushing anything. i had always rented before moving here and never felt like i could really invest in my home since it wasn’t actually mine so this has been a really nice change for me.

i recently finished my patio and hosted a 50 person party for my best friend’s wedding reception (the photo above is before everyone arrived!). we all stayed out there singing and laughing and dancing until 3am and those are memories i will never forget. i love hosting parties so having a space to do it makes me super happy.

my first home | designlovefest

having a guest room that i can have friends sleepover in is also awesome. i am always telling my out of town friends to visit and stay with me. last year i hosted my family for thanksgiving for the first time, which felt very adult i must say. it’s so nice to be able to make traditions here, picking out a christmas tree for the living room, friend holiday dinners, tuesday tv nights, practicing cooking with my boyfriend, having a safe place for my animals. i love that my home truly feels like home.

my first home | designlovefest
my first home | designlovefest

but it’s not all happy feelings around here, there are a lot of annoyances too. there was the time my water pipeline got clogged 15 minutes before i was hosting a work event with 30 people and water was overflowing from all the showers and toilets. and then the plumber came and told me it would cost $1,000 and may not even fix the problem. talk about stressful! there’s bills you don’t expect – property tax increases, closing costs,…things really add UP! my dishwasher and oven have needed repairs, my window cracked in my bedroom. all things i didn’t have to manage when i was renting. i’ve had to create an entire new list of resources for everything from plumber, landscaper to electrician.

my first home | designlovefest

homeownership can be both rewarding and scary. it’s a lot of responsibility and that’s why i appreciate how committed  is to simplifying the process of homeowners insurance. they have an easy to use app and website where you can pay your bills, file a claim, or talk to someone about your policy. i’m thankful that i haven’t had to file a claim yet but i appreciate knowing that i’m covered just in case anything should happen. if you’re looking for home or auto insurance i encourage you to check them out at . do you own a home, what has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned or the most exciting part of the process? i’m sure future home buyers will appreciate the advice, i know i would have! 

my first home | designlovefest
my first home | designlovefest

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(this blog post is sponsored by . from quote to claim, Esurance is working to help you make smarter, more efficient choices with your home and auto insurance. using state-of-the-art technology, they offer a seamless online and mobile experience along with intuitive tools that help take the hassle out of insurance.)

12.02.16

WEEKEND AT HOME / 42

holiday stockings | designlovefest

stockings are one of my favorite holiday traditions. they’re so fun to fill with little treasures and fun gifts for the family, and they look so pretty hanging from the fireplace. i’m finding so many cute holiday stockings this holiday season, from faux fur to pretty knitted stockings. here are a few favorites. which holiday stockings are loving?

holiday stockings | designlovefest
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holiday stockings | designlovefest
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holiday stockings | designlovefest

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12.01.16

POM POM TREE SKIRT DIY

pom pom skirt DIY | designlovefest

finding a cute holiday tree skirt that is unique and doesn’t break the bank is a real challenge. that’s why we created this velvet tree skirt DIY that you can make on your own and use for years to come! we also have a DIY on the poms too so you can make that pretty little garland that’s hanging on our mantel!

pom pom skirt DIY | designlovefest
pom pom skirt DIY | designlovefest

we partnered with  who understands that the holidays can be a stressful time and are hosting all sorts of fun events in southern california this holiday season to make things a little easier. like their annual Christmas tree lot buy out where they give away trees at four locations in Los Angeles and Orange County. you can follow along with them on  to find out when and where their # are happening!

now, let’s make it!

pom pom skirt DIY | designlovefest

what you’ll need:

• square piece of velvet or fabric of your choice
• 2 square pieces of fabric of your choice 1″ smaller than your first fabric (this is optional. We’re using velvet, so we need some extra weight to help the body of our skirt)
• yarn
• clover pom pom maker size medium
• fabric glue or thread and a sewing machine
• scissors
• saucer
• measuring tape
• chalk pencil

pom pom skirt DIY | designlovefest

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12.01.16

DRESS YOUR TECH / 170

dress your tech | designlovefest

made these dreamy ocean desktops for us this week. they really give an instant serene feeling to your desktop. click through below to download the wallpapers for your desktop!

dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest

dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest
dress your tech | designlovefest

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